Potato Bread

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So, this bread is totally like the most amazing bread you will ever eat! Serious!!

I made this last week without very high hopes because, well, frankly, in our house making bread in winter just doesn’t work as it is a little chilly and the yeast just doesn’t want to do it’s thing. However…this bread turned out absolutely perfectly and was eaten to the last crumb!

It might not look very spectacular but just wait until you cut into it and taste it!

Potato Bread:

1 Cup warm mashed potatoes

1 3/4 Cup warm potato water

1 T salt

2T sugar

1/4 C melted butter

Add to:

1 C wholemeal flour

2 C white flour

4 1/2 t yeast (active dried)

Mix well.  Add about 2 C additional white flour. Knead. (I kneaded this with my mixer for about 10 minutes). Place in an oiled bowl.  Let rise until doubled in size. (About 1 hour. I wraps my covered bowl in a blanket to help it build up some heat) Divide into 2 balls. Place in bread tins and rise again.

I baked this at 180C for until they were golden.

Happy Baking!

Book Review Time

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Hello All!

I hope you are not all as cold as I am on this extremely crisp winter’s morning! It is blissfully sunny though so I shall be thankful for that!

I have had blog posts piling up that I keep meaning to do but just haven’t had the time for but I decided a good place to start would be a book review!

The book is: The Antelope in the Living Room” by Melanie Shankle.

Now, it’s no secret, I am a big Melanie Shankle fan. I LOVED “Sparkly Green Earrings” and so when I discovered she had another book published I just HAD to read it.  Well, it did not disappoint!

This book is just as hilariously funny and heartwarming as her first one was.  I read it in bed at night and I was giggling so much my hubby kept begging to know what the joke was. I think what makes Melanie’s books so great (and so funny) is that they are just so real and you can totally hear yourself sometimes as you read. This book chronicles the author’s love story and follows her and her hubby’s marriage with many other fun anecdotes along the way.  It’s a great read and I highly recommend it!

See you all next time Bookworms!

Leilani

Lately

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Lately there has just been too much going on for me to even think about blogging. It’s a good kind of busy though but it keeps me on my toes.

I have been doing mountains of sewing lately for my trademe account and I will share some photos here with you. I have also just finished another blanket for Mission Without Borders. Well, it still needs putting together but the knitting part is done.

A friend from home schooling days lost her husband this week in a tragic accident in the South Island. This has been weighing heavily on my mind and I spend many hours a day while sewing thinking of her and praying for her and her little 9 month old baby girl. His life celebration/memorial was yesterday. The days while the search for him was still going were filled with so much prayer and hoping against hope and it hit me like a wall when I heard on Monday that they had found his body in the river. He was only 35. I know the Lord always has a plan and that He is in control of our lives so all I can pray is that He will strengthen my friend and comfort her in this time.

I have been doing some experimental baking lately too. This comes in fits and starts with me but I like to try new recipes now and again. I made rhubarb and custard muffins last week. They were ok but not fantastic. Something new next week when I can find a spare moment perhaps. Sourdough bread has been another revelation to me lately! You must try making your own! It’s too cool for words!

I have just discovered a new band called Roses & Revolutions and I am loving their music so much! Lea Michelle is also looping on my playlists lately. I just love her album so much.

We have been having a typhoon storm this week and really it has been storming pretty much solidly for two weeks now. I am ready for some sunshine! Each morning in the later part of this week we have woken up wondering if we will have power as we often lose power when it storms like this but so far we have been blessed and there have been no outages.

Well, I must get back to my sewing but I just wanted to wish you all a wonderful weekend!
Take Care
Leilani

 

Today’s Baking

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We are going to have lunch tomorrow with some friends and I am contributing the dessert part of the lunch. I wanted to make red velvet brownies, something I have never done. Red velvet cupcakes and cake yes, but brownies, no! So, I found a recipe on pinterest and set to work only to discover I didn’t have any red food colouring, only blue. So Blue Velvet Brownies it is, I decided!

I think they turned out pretty good!Image

The icing is white chocolate and vanilla buttercream.

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I have recently discovered the joys of sourdough.  (My husband is loving this discovery too 😉

I made these today to go with split pea and noodle soup.

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Have a great weekend everyone!

 

 

My Tunes

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Lately I have been listening to mainly female artists. I’m not really sure why but I thought I would share some of my favourite albums with you.

I cannot get enough of Sara Bareilles’s new album: The blessed unrest. Three of my favourite songs are “Brave”, “Manhattan”, and “Chasing the Sun”.

Amy MacDonald’s three albums also play continuously in my house. It’s really hard to pick a favourite song from her albums but a couple of them would be: “Mr. Rock and Roll”, “Life in a Beautiful Light”, and “This is the Life”.

Meredith Andrews is another HUGE favourite of mine! I could listen to all her four albums on loop every day! I just love her music so much! A few favourite songs are “The River”, “You’re Not Alone”, “Can Anybody Hear Me?”, “Never Move On” and “New Song We Sing”.

I have just discovered Audrey Assad and I am loving her music too!

Mary-Jess Leaverland is another artist I could listen to all day every day! Her music is so surreal and beautiful! I cannot recommend her enough!

Adele continues to feature just about daily in my playlist..I just can’t get enough of her lovely voice! A couple of favourite songs are: ” Someone Like You”, “Hometown Glory”, “Rolling in the Deep”, and “Rumour Has it”.

Birdy is another big favourite on my playlist! Her lovely voice and soulful songs are just fantastic!

Ellie Goudling! What can I say! I just love her music so much! I listen to her almost daily as well. Some of my favourite songs include: “Beating Heart”, “Burn”, “Goodness Gracious”, “I Need Your Love”, and “Figure 8”. She is such a cool chick and I love her style.

Taylor Swift remains a constant favourite in my playlists! She will always be the girl that made me fall in love with country music. Something I thought never would happen ever!

I could go on and on but I think I will end here with Kari Jobe. I have only recently discovered her music but I just love it the more I listen to it!

I would love to hear about your favourites!?!